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Amrita brand protein bars recalled because of Listeria risk

More protein bars are being recalled, this time from Amrita Health Foods, because they contain ingredients supplied by Hudson Valley Foods Inc., which found Listeria monocytogenes in its production facility. The protein bars from Amrita Health Foods of Pleasantville, NY, have best-by dates well into 2018. They were distributed across the United States to retailers… Continue Reading

Bhu Foods recalls protein bars because of Listeria risk

Another brand of protein snacks, Bhu Foods of San Diego, is under recall because they contain organic sunflower seeds from Hudson Valley Foods Inc., which reported finding Listeria monocytogenes in its production facility in recent weeks. “As a result of a recall of sunflower seeds from Hudson Valley Foods Inc., Bhu Foods’ supplier of organic… Continue Reading

Organic nut recall: Ava’s cashews, almonds may carry Listeria

Hampton Farms has expanded its recall of Ava’s brand cashews and almonds, distributed for retail sale in New Jersey, because its nut supplier Hudson Valley Foods Inc. found Listeria monocytogenes in its processing plant in Highland, NY. Hampton Farms used the nuts from Hudson Valley Farms in Ava’s branded organic roasted unsalted cashews and organic roasted unsalted almonds,… Continue Reading

Organic muesli, granola recalled for Listeria risk in ingredient

New England Natural Bakers is recalling its branded organic muesli and granola products sold under the Evoke Organic and Millville brands across the U.S. because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The Greenfield, MA, company did not name the ingredient or the supplier, only reporting that “the company has been notified by an ingredient supplier… Continue Reading

Organic Trade Association guards against food fraud schemes

Once you’re big enough, it’s only matter of time before you must begin to worry somebody is ripping you off. That pretty well sums up the current mindset of the Organic Trade Association which figures that organic sales last year totaled about $47 billion or about 5.3 percent of all food sales in the country…. Continue Reading

More pentobarbital-contaminated dog food reported

Two varieties of Party Animal canned dog food may be contaminated with pentobarbital, according to a test report from Texas A&M University released this week. The report was provided to blogger Susan Thixton of Truth About Pet Food by a consumer who arranged for the testing after a family pet became ill. The consumer has not… Continue Reading

Sustainable organics group urges support for soil-free growing

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In advance of the National Organics Standards Board meeting in April, the board’s Crops Subcommittee shared a draft proposal calling for the end of organic certification for hydroponic and aquaponic growers. This proposal, if enacted, will have far reaching and damaging effects on hundreds of producers, thousands of retailers and wholesalers and millions of consumers… Continue Reading

Controversies loom for National Organic Standards Board

When the National Organic Standards Board meets this week in St. Louis, its 15 members will confront some particularly controversial agenda items involving whether certain substances and production methods are acceptable for use in food items certified as organic. The NOSB is an citizen advisory group responsible for considering and making recommendations to USDA on a… Continue Reading

Micro greens recalled from Whole Foods stores for Salmonella

  Organic micro greens grown by a Colorado company and distributed to Whole Foods Markets locations in Kansas and Colorado are under recall after a random government test of the finished product showed Salmonella contamination. Osage Gardens Inc. of New Castle, CO, packaged the recalled micro greens in 2-ounce clear, plastic clamshell containers with labels… Continue Reading

Whole Foods, restaurants sold cheese linked to E. coli outbreak

E. coli that is infecting restaurant diners in Michigan matches bacteria found in recalled Grassfields Cheese products and has spurred public health officials to warn consumers nationwide because the cheese was also sold at retail stores and online. Grassfields Cheese LLC of Coopersville, MI, issued a nationwide recall Wednesday of 20,000 pounds of its cheeses… Continue Reading